CHEAP TRICK At Budokan The Complete Concert (1978)

Cheap Trick At Budokan
The Complete Concert
A Band That Illustrates Why The R&R Hall Of Fame Is Pure Horseshit

It’s my belief that we’ve all taken Cheap Trick way too much for granted. As popular as they were, and as good as they are, it continually seems that too many, too often, merely consider them an excellent substitute for the real thing… The Beatles. Looking back, however, it’s now obvious that no single band has come close to keeping the flame alive – and keeping the faith – like these guys have. And they’ve done it with a catalog of quality songs – stuffed full like a sock drawer – and an undying attitude of silly seriousness that is a balancing act of miraculous design. You’d think they’d be universally revered for what they’ve managed to pull off… at least as much as Oasis once was. But, we all seem to think they’ll never age, never change, and will always be there when we’re in the mood for them. Blame that carefully crafted image: half poster boys – half comic goofballs. While ingenious, you can’t help but think the ploy was just enough to interject reasonable doubt into each side of the jury – the guys who aired the riffs and the little girls who could understand. Maybe all that’s just over-thinking Cheap Trick. Because I know there are life-long die-hards out there. Just nowhere near enough of ’em. Mike Damone put it best. “Can you honestly tell me you forgot? Forgot the magnetism of Robin Zander, or the charisma of Rick Nielsen? Well, what about the tunes? ‘I Want You To Want Me,’ the dream police da da da da da da da, your mama’s all right, your daddy’s all right, they just seem a little bit wieeeerd.” Buy the damn ticket, already. Find this one at Amazon, HERE.

Hello There

Come On, Come On
Elo Kiddies
Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace
Big Eyes
Can’t Hold On
Oh Caroline
Auf Wiedersehen

Need Your Love

High Roller
Southern Girls
I Want You To Want Me
California Man
Ain’t That A Shame
Clock Strikes Ten

Surrender (.mov video)
Auf Wiedersehen (.mov video)


  • 1
    April 9, 2010 - 17:12 | Permalink

    I'm with you, Willard — CT has always been one of my favorites, even if their songs haven't always fared well in the process of studio recording. The first record is still a thing of pure ass-kicking adolescent fury with the nice Sister Lovers-style comedown of Mandocello.

    If you're so inclined, I'd be happy for any other CT gold you have sitting around that you care to share.

  • 2
    Art Ducko
    April 9, 2010 - 17:51 | Permalink

    Their cd homage to Sgt. Pepper is a lot of fun, & I've always loved their take on 'Magical Mystery Tour'. Thanks again, old bean. This will go down nicely.

  • 3
    April 9, 2010 - 18:37 | Permalink

    First three CT albums solidified their pedestal in Rock & Roll's Pantheon of Heroes as far as I'm concerned. Not a wasted second in any of them. Cheap Trick and In Color are one-two punches from Mike Tyson, while Heaven Tonight takes a vicious bite out of your ear. Few in Rock and roll can claim triple wallops such as the one delivered by these lads….

    May god bless Rick, Robin, Tom and Bun E. And Mike Damone too.

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    April 9, 2010 - 15:07 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 5
    Johnny Pierre
    April 9, 2010 - 19:14 | Permalink

    You make a great point about Cheap Trick & the whole Rock Hall of Fame "rationalization" process. I saw these guys play a set last year (opening up a Tanger Outlet location)— they burned down the house. What's gone unnoticed is the fact that these guys have a genuine sense of fun in their approach to rock & roll — an element that's sadly lacking in today's music culture of disappearing record stores, faceless radio stations and bands who are too scared to take any risks.
    (quick! cue up "Through Being Cool" by Devo!!))

  • 6
    April 9, 2010 - 20:36 | Permalink

    Thanks for the videos!! Outstanding!!! {:

  • 7
    Capt. Willard
    April 9, 2010 - 21:39 | Permalink

    Dfactor, we've got a link to those files in the text/archives… @320, with more tracks (19).

  • 8
    John Medd
    April 9, 2010 - 21:55 | Permalink

    I Want You To Want Me is surely the best Paul McCartney song that Macca never wrote.

  • 9
    April 9, 2010 - 22:01 | Permalink

    Your most recent posts end any plausible argument. Eric Clapton may have been God, but between Rainbow and Budokan, which moved more units? Which remains in the pantheon of memorable albums? Which would you rather hear rolling down the road on a hot summer night with the windows down and the stereo blasting?

    Long live The Trick!

  • 10
    The PopCulturist
    April 9, 2010 - 22:21 | Permalink

    Any opinions as to the worth of this "Complete Concert" vs. the original "At Budokan" album? I've read reviews saying that the full setlist dilutes the momentum and energy of the old LP, which is generally acknowledged as one of the classic live albums. I'm wondering if the good Capt. and his followers think less is indeed more in this case, if they prefer listening to At Budokan rather than this version, or whether both are essential. The true believers will say the latter, of course, but what do you think for a (slightly) more casual fan?

  • 11
    April 10, 2010 - 04:15 | Permalink

    Tough to say, PopCulturist. I grew up listening to the original Budokan to the extent that that track-listing just intuitively makes sense now. I like the full set as a fan, but it feels like a different album than the original Budokan.

    Reminds me of how I feel about Kinks Kronikles vs other compilations… if anything makes Kronikles better than the other (often better) comps, it's nostalgia and familiarity.

  • 12
    April 10, 2010 - 04:16 | Permalink

    "Better," meaning more complete.

  • 13
    April 11, 2010 - 13:52 | Permalink

    Count me safely in the lifelong diehards camp. Incomparably, the greatest concert I've ever seen was the Trick in the summer of '78. "Heaven Tonight" had just been released and "Budokan" was still some 9 months away from American release. I had never heard of them, but some friends were going to the show and I went along for an evening out. My god, I cannot put into words how utterly devastating that show was. I knew not a single song, but they laid me out like a bamboo floormat. Completely blew my head off my shoulders. It was pure fire: hard, loud and crunchy, but lord above, it was so inescapably, irresistably melodic and tuneful at the same time. The greatest night of music of my life. For the next few years my friends and I listened to them obsessively. I was one of those fanatics that scrambled for "Budokan" as an import before it had an American release. I'll always love these guys.

  • 14
    La Piazza Gancio
    April 11, 2010 - 13:55 | Permalink

    Growing up in Chicago during the mid-seventies, I had umpteen opportunitie to see Cheap Trick.

    And I did.

    Upwards of fifteen times between 1976 and 1983. Everything from the Brat Stop and Haymakers to the International Amphitheatre and thirty-thousand at the late, lamented ChicagoFest.


  • 15
    April 11, 2010 - 14:10 | Permalink

    There's a long overdue Cheap Trick renaissance going on in my house, after having seen them live recently. Zander is still a force to be reckoned with! And yeah, SONGS for miles.
    I came here to grab those Albini mixes of In Color today…glad we're on the same wavelength (again)

  • 16
    April 11, 2010 - 19:06 | Permalink

    I think the Beatles comparisons kind of diminish what Cheap Trick does, I mean you can use Beatles comparisons for almost every band, and only serves to weaken any claim to originality of a band. Cheap Trick used a common musical reference point, but their lyrics are much more socially aware and deeper than the Beatles, listen to The Ballad of Teenage Violence from their first album or Dream Police, or any number other of their songs. Definitely a more realistic and scary worldview.

    As to the R&R Hall of Fame, it is as much a hobby of Jann Wenner as it is a Hall of Fame, so the choices are very much colored by an East and West Coast bias, pretty much a world where less mainstream and non-critical favorites are going to be ignored. However, in its defense, there is just a lot of good music out there, and I suspect that they will get around to honoring Cheap Trick, there are just too many other bands in line.

  • 17
    Capt. Willard
    April 11, 2010 - 21:19 | Permalink

    Actually, I didn't compare Cheap Trick to The Beatles at all… especially musically. I said many considered them a "substitute" in the wake of the void left in pop music by The Beatles' demise. Don't forget, Cheap Trick's initial heyday was during the reign of prog-rock and disco, and The Beatles' brand of 3 minute pop was decidedly out of commercial fashion. Cheap Trick kept that flame alive when few others were able to. There were plently who tried, from The Bay City Rollers to some of post-punk's New Wavers, but Cheap Trick were the ones who lived it every day, and never let the concept die – whether it was fashionable or not.

    As for the Hall of Fame… if it's a hobby for a magazine publisher, biased by the coasts and ignores less mainstream acts and non-critic faves (as you say is the case), then, yes… that pretty much defines horseshit.

  • 18
    Art Ducko
    April 12, 2010 - 08:38 | Permalink

    What's the problem? Download the whole shebang. Program your iPod with the original lp sequence for that historical impact. Save the long version for your next road trip. Blast away. Then consider that Memphis lost out to Cleveland for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum. Now that's horseshit.

  • 19
    April 12, 2010 - 23:29 | Permalink

    Thanks for the music. Martin from Canada.

  • 20
    Private Beach
    April 13, 2010 - 03:11 | Permalink

    Memphis lost out because Cleveland put up the money. And it's rumoured that one or two worthy candidates are forever excluded from recognition because of Jann Wenner's personal animosity towards them.

  • 21
    Capt. Willard
    April 13, 2010 - 03:22 | Permalink

    Here's the running order for the original album…

    Hello There
    Come on, Come On
    Big Eyes
    Need Your Love
    Ain't That a Shame
    I Want You to Want Me
    Clock Strikes Ten

  • 22
    Art Ducko
    April 13, 2010 - 03:39 | Permalink

    True. The former mayor of Memphis & his cronies figured they already had Graceland as a drawing card, so they essentially blew off the chance for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum. Luckily some sane people did put up the money for the Stax Records museum & it is an excellent place to go.

  • 23
    The PopCulturist
    April 14, 2010 - 10:01 | Permalink

    Hey Private Beach

    Pray tell which artists you've heard have fallen on the mighty Wenner's bad side. I know Gene Simmons says Kiss is one.

  • 24
    April 14, 2010 - 20:06 | Permalink

    Where'd these videos come from? I have the "complete" album, but I didn't know there were videos. Once again, duped by the record industry. SONY!!!

  • 25
    Capt. Willard
    April 14, 2010 - 20:50 | Permalink

    Don't know what to tell you. They're part of the 2CD I've got. When you pop it into the computer, you should get an extra disc image that has them on it. One on each disc.

  • 26
    April 15, 2010 - 04:29 | Permalink

    I got this on iTunes a few years back (can't remember how long ago). Guess it was Apple's fault and not Sony's after all. I apologize.

  • 27
    March 25, 2012 - 07:54 | Permalink

    I get how people are accustomed to the more concise set list of the original live disc, but look at the songs that were left off: seven classics from albums one and two played loud and proud, instead of the weak production sound from In Color.

    Elo Kiddies
    Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace
    Can’t Hold On
    Oh Caroline
    High Roller
    Southern Girls

  • 28
    April 5, 2012 - 18:32 | Permalink

    Thanks alot for the Cheap Trick posts. I’m told that my nephew is getting tickets to Cheap Trick for his birthday–he’s not a kid anymore but he’s young. I’m not saying anything profound here, but when rock geezers like Cheap Trick can still cause a guy in his 20’s to want to go to their concert, that says alot more about them than if they’re in the R&R Hall of Fame–& especially if it’s my nephew who likes them.

    • 29
      April 5, 2012 - 19:54 | Permalink

      Personally, I would always be up for a Cheap Trick show. I view them as keepers of the flame. I hope Zander can still hit his marks.

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